Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Choppers deployed to evacuate flood victims

Indra Harsaputra and Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Bojonegoro, Cepu

The East Java search and rescue team is deploying three choppers and scores of rubber boats to evacuate stranded flood victims in the Bojonegoro regency, which is predominantly under water.

The SAR team's operation division head, Hernanto, said Sunday that deploying helicopters was the best option available because 90 percent of the Bojonegoro region of some 2,384 square kilometers was still inundated with water from the overflowing Bengawan Solo River.

The situation had hampered rescue operations, with limited numbers of volunteers and equipment, Hernanto said.

"But we will do our best. We will continue to airdrop food to people who cannot be evacuated yet," Hernanto told The Jakarta Post.

Bojonegoro is one of the two worst-hit regencies in the recent floods in East Java. The other is Ngawi regency.

Both Bojonegoro and Ngawi are situated next to the Bengawan Solo river and flooding is an annual occurrence in both towns. This year's floods, however, have been said to be the worst ever.

Bojonegoro Regent Mohammad Santoso said thousands of flood victims had been evacuated, many to the town's main square.

"This is the worst flooding we have ever had. From our part, we have set aside Rp 900 million (about US$98,000) to help flood victims. Our focus now is to evacuate those still trapped in their homes," Santoso said.

Ngawi disaster mitigation division head Mohammad Shodiq said this year's flooding had submerged a total of 60,000 homes and displaced more than 120,000 people.

"We don't know when the waters will recede," he said.

The flooding has slowed transport between Solo in Central Java and Surabaya with public transport rerouted on small roads to bypass Ngawi.

Outside Ngawi and Bojonegoro, the overflowing Bengawan Solo river, stretching some 600 kilometers from Solo, has also inundated several other regencies including Cepu in Central Java, Gresik and Tuban, both in East Java.

Local governments in affected areas have built makeshift camps to accommodate displaced people, including one in Cepu.

"We cannot go home yet. The water is still 2 meters deep in our village. Many of our fellow villagers have complained of various illnesses," said Soleh, a displaced person from Balun village at an evacuation camp in Cepu.

As of Sunday, a total of 10 people had been killed in the floods.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday visited his hometown of Pacitan in East Java to inaugurate a number of projects, and not to visit flood victims, and met East Java Governor Imam Utomo to discuss flood mitigation measures.

Yudhoyono left Pacitan on Sunday afternoon for Sukoharjo in Central Java, to see the flooded areas firsthand.

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